We are blessed

To the editor:

On behalf of the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce & Development Company, we'd like to thank everyone who participated in our holiday activities this past weekend, which included Santa's parade, the lighting of the community Christmas tree, visits at Santa's house, and stories and activities with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Vermillion Public Library.

A special thanks to: all attendees; Peggy and Tom Schaack for the beautiful tree; Herren-Schempp Building Supply for Santa's house; Roob's Chiropractic for use of the space on the corner of Market and Main streets; Pamida for the donation of decorations; Manning Tree Farm for the sleigh; Polaris for the driver and use of the ATV; Vermillion Light & Power and Vermillion Street Department staff for all of their assistance and use of the boom truck, stairs, and sign post; Vermillion Police Department for providing parade escorts; Joe Grause and team for the horses in the parade; Bob and others from the Dakota Classic Cruisers Car Club for the parade entries; Chris Heck of C and K Entertainment for providing sound; the Vermillion Public Library and staff for hosting the activities; Gary and Crystal Monk of Market Street Caf� for providing hot chocolate; Broadcaster and Plain Talk for providing coloring books and event coverage; Alison Nelsen of USD Creative Services for the signage; Mick and Cheryl Breske; elves Holly Irwin and Cassi Schaffer from Vermillion High School; and all others who helped make our 2006 Holiday Procession of the Season community events successful!

We are blessed to have such great people working together with us on behalf of our community! We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!


Lisa Ketcham,

Executive Director;

Tina Harnois,

Program Manager;

Evie Clercx,

Program Coordinator

P.S. Unfortunately, sometime between late Friday evening and Sunday morning, the decorative light switch that our organization has been using for many years when Santa "does a countdown and flips the switch to light up the community" disappeared from the site on the corner of Market and Main streets. This light switch was made by middle school building trades class in 1983, under the direction of Larry Monfore, who was a long-time teacher. It was last seen fastened to the top of the metal stairs. If you have any information about this action, please contact our office. We are hopeful that whoever removed it will realize that our organization and our community values this symbolic decoration as a part of our holiday tradition, and will return it to us so that we can use it again in future years.

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